This practice of advancing the clocks ahead an hour in the spring and adjusting them back an hour in the fall is called daylight saving time. However, because daylight savings time is used so frequently, the term is also considered acceptable!
In Italy, the practice is called ora legale, which means “legal time.” It is referred to as “summer time” in British English.
The controversial practice of DST has been around for over a hundred years. The details of the practice vary from place to place and have changed through the decades. One of the original goals of DST was to save electricity, but there are conflicting reports on how effective it is in actually reducing energy usage. Some states refuse to follow this practice: Do you think DST should continue, or is it just a hassle?
Speaking of the seasons: Did autumn officially begin with Labor Day? Find out here.